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Living Your Healthy Quit Part 1: Stress


coping with stress

Stress is a common relapse trigger. Stress happens to all of us, and stressors range from mild to overwhelming. Since stress can build to a breaking point, a good stress management plan is crucial for a successful quit.

The minute you find yourself feeling stressed, stop. Stop everything you are doing and take a good deep breath. Pause, and feel the air fill your lungs. Exhale slowly. Repeat 5 times. Trust that everything is going to work out as it is meant to be, that you are capable of handling the situation and that your best is always good enough. All you can do is all you can do - then let go. Focus on the task at hand, only own what is yours to own, and let the rest go.

Many of us live days filled with an endless list of tasks, appointments, chores, responsibilities, obligations and work. Take some time out of every day to do a few things for you! It is your life and one worth living in joy, not stress.. The rest is just 'stuff'. What do you enjoy? Do it! Play music, take a long hot bath, take a walk, go to a movie, spend time alone, read, journal, fix a quiet & healthy meal, take a short drive, go window shopping or to your favorite restaurant. Give yourself permission to put you at the top of your list! Let someone else make dinner. Leave the floors or paperwork for later. Take a day off - ENJOY! You deserve a break, and nothing is worth more than enjoying the journey of our lives. 

A problem shared is trouble spared! Good friends offer you feedback, a space for you to be heard, a venue for you to process your thoughts (and often, your own solutions), a shoulder to cry on, a cheerleader, a confidant, shared joy, encouragement or comfort in times of need. Reach out! Be a good friend, and appreciate the good friends you have. Your life will be improved many times over. 

It is easy to get caught up in the swirl of worry and everything that is not working (car, dishwasher, conflicting personalities) when in fact, the majority of our lives ARE working! The washer may be broken, but how is your heart? Your health? Do you have somewhere to live? Have you laughed lately? Focus on what you do have, what you love, and what is right in your world. The rest is just random ups and downs. What you focus on grows - focus on all the good things around you!

Quitting smoking is a big change. It takes effort, commitment, will power, planning and daily attention. Quitting is a good exercise in effective goal setting and completion, and each step in your quit process adds successful tools to use in other parts of your life. Celebrate and protect your quit by making every day a smoke free, relaxing day!

Stay tuned for Part 2; Detox. Until then, keep up the good work and KTQ!

Vikki Q CTTS- M 

Master Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist




I so much agree with all of these, especially Counting my blessings and being thankful for them. For some reason, because of the brain chemistry change quitting smoking after 57 years, I have been prone to wake up in the middle of the night overwhelmed with the negative about everything, including myself. The only effective way I have found to combat this and preserve my quit has been to think of all my blessings and immerse myself in almost constant prayers of thanksgiving, so that the second half of my day finally becomes positive. It is also a big support to remember that while I temporarily feel lost, I am going through the difficult suffering of this adjustment period because I chose to quit. Surely there will be some reward on the other side of quitting.
Posted @ Thursday, May 23, 2013 7:33 PM by Bob Martin
This will be the second week of using chantix. Yesterday I fell off the horse and smoked an entire pack of cigarettes. At times it felt like the chantix was not strong enough, however, I learned that will power is needed in order to have a true success as a reformed smoker (non-smoker means never having smoked). It's been almost a full 24 hours and I feel really good. I wish everyone who wants to quit lots of luck and support. It's not easy.
Posted @ Saturday, May 25, 2013 4:11 PM by Charles
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